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      August 21, 2019

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      2502 1st Avenue North
      Billings, Montana 59101

      Gov't Mule

      with Nikki Lane
      Govt MuleRevolution Come Revolution GoRock n roll music has always been a reflection of the times, and the new Govt Mule album, Revolution Come Revolution Go, is no exception.With Revolution Come Revolution Go, to be released June 9th on Fantasy Records, the band again sets the tone for their legacy with its cleverly-crafted songs, intelligent lyrical commentary, and downright incendiary playing. Its those traditions, combined with an observant eye on the present, that define their tenth full-length studio effort.It was very poignant that we went into the studio in Austin, Texas, to begin recording on Election Day, Grammy Award-winning vocalist and guitar legend Warren Haynes recalls of the November 2016 recording sessions. Like most people, we really had no idea that the election was going to turn out the way it did. That changed everything from a lyrical perspective. Its not a political record, per se, but there are political connotations. There are also love songs, relationship songs, and songs about working together to make this a better planet. It covers a lot of ground, but it definitely starts and ends as a rock n roll record. Its all within the realm of what we do, but it explores a lot of territory and, in some cases, territory weve never explored before.Steeped in the roots and mystique of rock, blues, soul, and jazz, the quartet Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] is equally recognized for its stirring songwriting and storytelling as it is for the improvisational virtuosity that fuels their countless live performances. Their music has galvanized a fan base of millions around the world, reaching a place of preeminence as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. This record threads together moments of soul, country, and tried-and-true virtuosic, vibrant, and vital rock. A patchwork of styles, it proudly ushers along Govt Mules next phase.One of our missions has always been to stay together as a band long enough to bring all of these different influences to the surface, Haynes goes on. Blues, funk, and soul are a part of what we do. In the late 60s and early 70s, the umbrella of rock music had room for so many different stylistic approaches bands that were worlds apart were still considered rock bands. Weve always taken a cue from that. And although Ive said it previously about other Govt Mule releases, this is probably the most diverse record weve ever made. Thats really important to us.The first of two lead singles, the soulful Sarah, Surrender, sees Haynes simmering vocal delivery take center stage over a groove punctuated by congas, organ, a female back-up chorus, and jazz-y guitar licks. Evoking Curtis Mayfield and Al Green, it illuminates yet another musical facet of the band.Sarah, Surrender was the last song written for the project, Haynes explains, and was recorded in New York City in January [2017], after the Austin sessions were done. It seemed like the missing piece to the puzzle.Meanwhile, the other lead single, Stone Cold Rage, packs a walloping punch. An ominous riff gives way to furiously funky wah-pedal cries as Haynes screams, Mamas gonna be a martyr.Stone Cold Rage represents the divide thats going on in our country right now, Haynes points out about the song. Even though it was written before the election, it was written knowing that whichever way the results went, we were going to have close to fifty percent of the nation very angry. Musically, its an aggressive up-tempo rock song that reflects the anger of the lyrics, but with a sense of sarcasm and humor.Whether its the rustic steel guitar of the countrified road song Traveling Tune or the dark twists and turns of the nearly nine-minute Thorns Of Life, each moment of the album comprises an unpredictable journey that somehow adds to the overall flow. Says Haynes, We still believe in the concept of an album having its own collective personality. After having invited 11 guest vocalists to offer different interpretations of the songs on their last studio effort, Shout!, the band wanted to keep the guests to a minimum this time around, however, Jimmie Vaughan turns up for a sizzling cameo on the super-charged Burning Point. Haynes says, When I first wrote Burning Point, it had more of a New Orleans feel to it. But when we got into the studio in Austin to record it, it took on more of a Texas vibe, and Jimmie really added to that.Longtime collaborator Gordie Johnson joined Haynes as co-producer for six tunes, while the iconic Don Was co-produced the powerful and moving Dreams & Songs and Pressure Under Fire along with the frontman. The latter explodes into a lyrical guitar solo as Haynes urges, Weve got to get out of this mess.Pressure Under Fire is essentially another political song, but it comes from the standpoint that were all in this together, and its up to us to make it work, Haynes states. The opening line, Just another song about the same thing, recognizes this is a message that weve heard before, but it needs to be saidespecially now.Another politically-charged song, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, is the reworking of the traditional blues instrumental originally recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, to which Haynes added lyrics and the band turned into an epic gospel rock closer. Dark Was The Night, along with the aforementioned Thorns Of Life and Revolution Come, Revolution Go, comprise the three centerpieces of the album from a musical arrangement standpoint.About the song Revolution Come, Haynes explains, It starts out as a swinging rock song, and then it goes into this blues shuffle that feels almost like a different composition altogether. It also has a jazz improv section, but ends up where it starts out. Thats indicative of what the message is: going through all of these changes and winding up where you began.Haynes goes on to say, In many ways, the chemistry between the four of us is an extension of the chemistry that the original trio had. The approach we take to the music is the same uncompromising and adventurous approach, although its inevitable that the music is going to grow in different directions. The common thread is the influences we choose and the way we play together, which harkens back to how important improvisation was in most of the music we all love. At the end of the day, were friends. Making this music is satisfying in a way thats completely different from any other project Ive been a part of. Thats what inspires all of us.ABOUT GOVT MULEGovt Mule never lost sight of where they began. During a break from The Allman Brothers Band in 1994, Haynes and original bassist Allen Woody formed Govt Mule with drummer Matt Abts, with whom Haynes played alongside in the Dickey Betts Band. Confidently merging rock, blues, jazz, and funk, the trio carved out a place in the American rock n roll canon with a string of influential albums, beginning with 1995s Govt Mule, followed by Dose [1998], and Life Before Insanity [2000]. In the aftermath of Woodys tragic passing, Haynes and Abts joined forces with a barrage of legendary bass players, including John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, Phil Lesh, Bootsy Collins, Flea, Les Claypool, Mike Gordon, and more for The Deep End, Volume 1 and The Deep End, Volume 2 in 2001 and 2002, respectively, as well as 2003s RIAA Gold Certified live offering, The Deepest End, Live in Concert. Welcoming Andy Hess on bass and Danny Louis on keyboards, the quartet released Dj Voodoo [2004] and High & Mighty [2006]. 2008 saw Carlsson enter the fold on bass for By A Thread [2009], cementing the current lineup. In 2013, Shout! proved to be another watershed moment as the group collaborated with the likes of Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Myles Kennedy, Steve Winwood, and more on alternate vocal tracks. Rolling Stone praised the album, saying, Govt Mule, led by singer-guitarist Warren Haynes, write solid rock songs in the power-blues, heroic vocal tradition of Free and Led Zeppelin. From 2014 through 2016, the band delivered a series of archival releases celebrating its 20th Anniversary that achieved chart success across genres as Dub Side of the Mule went #1 for Reggae, Sco-Mule claimed #2 for Jazz, and Dark Side of Mule landed #10 for Rock. Along the way, their catalog has impressively racked up 120 million-plus Pandora plays, over 60 million Spotify streams, 3 million downloads from their official website, and millions of album sales.

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